`NEW ROSE HOTEL' TOO CONVOLUTED TO COMPREHEND.Byline: Rob Lowman Entertainment Editor
In the cyber-literature world, reality is often splintered and murky. Translating it to the screen is a tricky proposition at best. A filmmaker has to have a firm grip on his material or else you get ``New Rose Hotel,'' a meandering, opaque thriller with stabs at eroticism Eroticism
novel of Alexandrian manners by Pierre Louys. [Fr. Lit.: Benét, 783]
Ovid’s treatise on lovemaking. [Rom. Lit. that become unexciting soft-core porn and arty camera work that adds up to nothing.
That Abel Ferrara (``Bad Lieutenant'') directed it, might give you pause to believe there is more here than meets the eye, but don't be sucked into this half-dreamy mess. Based on a short story by Mr. Cyberspace himself, William Gibson, ``Rose'' revolves around high-stakes corporate intrigue.
Willem Dafoe plays X, who is recruited by his friend Fox (Christopher Walken) to help him get a Japanese scientist, Hiroshi (Yoshitaka Amano), to defect from a German firm and come to work for a Japanese company. Hiroshi is considered a revolutionary biologist whose patents would transform the world and be worth billions of dollars to his employer.
Fox and X devise a honey trap - as it is known in the espionage world - and recruit a mysterious prostitute named Sandi (Asia Argento).
X, as it turns out, is sleeping with her and - surprise - falls for her. Fox persuades her to seduce Hiroshi by telling her it's her ``ticket out of the boneyard bone·yard
1. A cemetery.
2. A place where the bones of wild animals accumulate.
3. A place where refuse, especially discarded cars, accumulates or is kept. . You're dead - you just don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. it.'' Fox likes to talk in cliches, actually telling a Japanese executive at one point ``don't worry, be happy.''
Of course, thing go awry and Ferrara spends nearly the last third of the film playing with this in flashbacks - not that we care. By then the film's listless (programming) listless - In functional programming, a property of a function which allows it to be combined with other functions in a way that eliminates intermediate data structures, especially lists. pacing and pretentions have anesthetized a·nes·the·tize also a·naes·the·tize
tr.v. a·nes·the·tized, a·nes·the·tiz·ing, a·nes·the·tiz·es
To induce anesthesia in.
a·nes you. In the press notes, the co-screenwriter Christ Zois says that for him, ``ambiguity'' was the key to the story. Well, he got that right. ``New Rose Hotel'' is like a fitful fit·ful
Occurring in or characterized by intermittent bursts, as of activity; irregular. See Synonyms at periodic.
fit dream after too much to drink.
The film: ``New Rose Hotel'' (R; includes profanity Irreverence towards sacred things; particularly, an irreverent or blasphemous use of the name of God. Vulgar, irreverent, or coarse language.
The use of certain profane or obscene language on the radio or television is a federal offense, but in other situations, profanity , nudity, sex, violence and decadent situations).
The stars: Willem Dafoe, Christopher Walken, Asia Argento.
Behind the scenes: Directed by Abel Ferrara. Written by Ferrara and Christ Zois, based on the short story by William Gibson. Released by Avalanche Releasing.
Running time: One hour, 33 minutes.
Playing: Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood.
Our rating: One and one half stars.